California native Buffy Baggott has gained recognition throughout the US as an accomplished and versatile mezzo-soprano. She is an alumnus of the prestigious Lyric Opera Center for American Artists (now known as the Ryan Opera Center) and has appeared numerous times on Lyric Opera of Chicago’s stage, including as Carmen (Carmen), Stephano (Roméo et Juliette), Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Siegrune (Die Walküre), and as three different characters — The Dresser, Schoolboy, and Groom — in Lulu.
Hailed as “a phenomenon of vocal and dramatic intensity” by the San Francisco Chronicle in 2006, Ms. Baggott has made her mark in twentieth-century music performing works by Shulamit Ran, Tobias Picker, and Bernstein. She performed the role of Baroness von Botzenheim in Robert Kurka’s The Good Soldier Schweik for Chicago Opera Theater and for Cedille Records’ world premiere recording of the opera (Cedille CDR 90000 062). Recently, she garnered glowing reviews for her performance in Clark Suprynowicz’s Chrysalis, commissioned by Berkeley Opera.
Other recent operatic roles have included Schwertleite (Ring Cycle), Sonyetka (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Flora (La Traviata), and Maddalena (Rigoletto) for the Canadian Opera, Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd) for Arizona Opera, Flosshilde (Das Rheingold) for San Francisco Opera and Indianapolis Opera, Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) for Hawaii Opera, and Siegrune (Die Walküre) for Los Angeles Opera. Ms. Baggott also serves as a vocal instructor in residence at the Bay View Music Festival in northern Michigan.
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